Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lent

This year during Lent I will be posting short daily devotionals focusing on the aspects on compassion, prayer, and fasting from Apostles church.

(Here is Week 1, which I should have posted last week)

Week 1:
Day 1: PRAYER
“...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
It’s not the big things in life that we forget to pray about, it’s the small things that we think we can handle on our own. Those little anxieties that creep into our daily routines, like finding time to buy groceries, turning in a project at work or getting stuck in traffic on our morning commute. Paul says to give everything to the Lord in prayer, and everything
is…well, everything, and in exchange we get an incomparable peace. What things in your life can you offer up to the Lord in prayer right now to experience this sweet exchange?


Day 2: COMPASSION
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
1 Corinthians 12:26
Through our belief in Jesus, we as believers from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds are united as one body; the church. We must seek the well being of the whole body not just ourselves by growing in compassion for our brothers and sisters by being concerned by what concerns them. Seek the healing and restoration of those in your community during times of grief and hardship through conversation, prayer, sharing of resources and time as well as celebrating mightily when they are rejoicing as to create unity and grow in love for one another.


Day 3: PRAYER
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38
The Lord has sent the Holy Spirit that dwells within us to guide us, comfort us and be our helper. Our constant intentional connection through prayer to Our Father will enable our weak flesh to resist the temptation that surrounds us. Practicing the presence of God is something we as His creation long for and we can cultivate it in our daily lives so that we may be complete in joy.


Day 4: FASTING
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning...” Joel 2:12
God commands us to pursue him with all facets of our being. Being broken by God unleashes a flurry of emotion, welling up for our deeply rooted connection sin. This passage addresses the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental aspect of our lives; the Lord covers each base to make it known that he wants everything.

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